(Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)

Things to do in (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)

Choose between complimentary cognac and coffee to accompany your top-notch Cuban in this sleek cigar store and lounge. Unlike in the rest of the airport, smoking here is not only allowed but encouraged—but think twice before taking the Havana offerings back to the U.S.

No airport salon can compete with the haircut miracles that in-town stylists perform.

Better known as Ezeiza International Airport, or simply Ezeiza, Argentina’s principal international airport sits 26 miles to the southwest of the center of Buenos Aires.

With treatments ranging from a 15-minute facial ($20) to the three-and-a-half hour Extended Stay (massage, manicure, pedicure, and facial treatment; $350), this mini-spa caters to the needs of all travelers, whether awaiting an international flight or passing through on a layover.

This smart stop for traditional Argentine items sells woven gaucho-style ponchos, silver jewelry, supple leather belts and wallets, and the ultimate Buenos Aires souvenir: maté sets, replete with the mate (gourd), yerba (loose tea), and bombilla (metal straw).

The selection of vinos at this well-curated wine store includes everything from upmarket labels like Catena Zapata (try the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon) to more everyday classics, such as Luigi Bosca (a full range, from Malbecs to Chardonnays).

It’s actually quite spectacular and literally impossible to avoid (you must pass through it to get to departures gates), so you may as well browse Ezeiza’s 35,000-square-foot duty-free area.

Get all your bath and body needs—or just relax into the spa-like vibe—at this little stand, which carries essential oils, aromatherapeutic salves like invigorating eucalyptus body scrub, and “masculine beauty” products just for men.

This Barnes & Noble–style bookstore sells Spanish-language books, music CDs, children’s games, and a wide selection of DVDs.

Upon departure, non-citizens are entitled to a cash refund of the 21 percent VAT tax paid on commercial purchases of more than 70 pesos (US$18).

The most reliable of the airport remis (taxi) services, this 82-year-old company shuttles passengers between Buenos Aires and the airport in late-model, air-conditioned cars ($38 per car) or minivans ($45) that carry up to four passengers.

If you need to change money upon arrival, head to this national bank, which offers the best exchange rates in the airport (avoid the Global Exchange window outside Customs).